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Grants Manager, Detroit Initiatives

  • Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
  • FullTime
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Whether it is investing capital to create additional jobs, bringing new life to a building or activating a public space, our philosophy is simple: effect positive change in Detroit and the communities we call home. Rock Ventures is a For-More-Than-Profit organization located in the heart of Detroit. Our mission is to strategically vet and pursue opportunities, align interests and provide key services across the affiliated companies, comprising founder and chairman Dan Gilbert's Rock Family of Companies. As a For-More-Than-Profit organization we believe in doing well by doing good. When it comes to doing well by our team members and the communities we operate in, the question is never “are we doing enough?” The question should always be, “what more can we do?” Our organization seeks to attract diverse talent; engage, develop and retain team members; better engage with the community on issues of race, police brutality, equity and inclusion; and share our commitment so that we can drive the conversation forward. Apply today to jump into a career that means more than just “going to work.”

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or foundation/non-profit management or equivalent work experience

  • Proficiency in Salesforce or similar Grants Management systems

  • 2 years of experience in grants management

  • Experience in a corporate philanthropy or foundation environment

  • Experience with process improvement and creative problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4 years of experience in grants management in a foundation or non-profit setting

  • Experience in accounting and audit preparation, evaluating, presenting and reporting financial information

  • Experience working in the fields of community development, housing, public life

Job Summary

The Grants Manager for Detroit initiatives oversees all grant portfolios for this pillar of the Foundation. This role collaborates closely with program teams throughout the grant lifecycle including attending team and partner meetings, facilitating grant application review, initiating and reviewing progress reports for budget accuracy and compliance and optimizing the grants administration processes. The role involves training users, processing payments, building reports, and providing technical support to partners. The Grants Manager will also stay informed of industry best practices and contribute to grant application processes and budget development.


  • Act as Grants Manager of 4 grant portfolios; Arts and Culture, Public Space, Housing Stability, Economic Mobility

  • Work effectively alongside program teams during the planning, development, and full lifecycle of all Detroit Initiatives grants

  • Train all current and new grants database users, act as the go-to resource for technology issues and continually work to enhance the experience of all users

  • Develop and oversee terms and conditions for grant agreements and contracts

  • Screen applications and maintain a complete electronic database for grants management

  • Perform administrative tasks (information management, maintenance of financial aspects of grant files, document destruction, etc.) as needed

  • Review all incoming grant applications for their financial requirements, feasibility and practical implementation

  • Process payments related to grants/sponsorships and vendors

  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process

  • Build custom reports and dashboards for different teams based on their business needs

  • Ensure compliance with IRS regulations for grants and programs

  • Provide professional customer service and technical support to ensure our partners’ experience is exceptional

  • Work with a legal team to ensure grants processes and agreements are executed with external partners

  • Pursue additional training in grant management requirements/regulations, as needed

  • Keep abreast of industry best practices with respect to grants management in the community development space

  • Inform the RFP and grant application process alongside program managers and complete the technical build and maintenance of the grant application and progress reporting portal

  • Attend meetings with partners to better understand the grant development process and to best inform grant agreement terms before grant execution

  • Attend meetings with program teams to stay current of upcoming projects and investments and guide the team towards full budget utilization in a timely fashion

  • Raise concerns with grant application review, progress reporting review, and tracking toward milestones as it pertains to compliance, metrics, and performance and make suggestions to the Operations Manager for future improvements

  • Support the budget development process for program teams including providing historical reports and budget to actual metrics

  • Provide grant reports for the Director as requested

Benefits and Perks

Our team members fuel our strategy, innovation and growth, so we ensure the health and well-being of not just you, but your family, too! We go above and beyond to give you the support you need on an individual level and offer all sorts of ways to help you live your best life. We are proud to offer eligible team members perks and health benefits that will help you have peace of mind. Simply put: We’ve got your back. Check out our full list of Benefits and Perks.

Who We Are

Detroit-based Rock Ventures serves and connects Rocket Mortgage Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies. The Family of Companies’ mission is to increase growth, innovation and prosperity in the cities in which its thousands of team members live, work and play. Key initiatives include real estate development, community investments and economic development.


This is an outline of the primary responsibilities of this position. As with everything in life, things change. The tasks and responsibilities can be changed, added to, removed, amended, deleted and modified at any time by the leadership group. We are proud equal opportunity employers and committed to providing an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all candidates and team members.

Employment decisions, including hiring decisions, are not based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. We offer opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with state and federal law. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search, application for employment, or interview, please visit our FAQ page at for details on how to contact our team.

Rocket Mortgage, backed by Rocket Companies®, means more opportunities for you to carve your own career path forward. From our desire to revolutionize the way people get mortgages to addressing challenges big or small with outside-the-box solutions, we’re not your typical employer. We’ll provide you with everything you need to make sure you’re successful here. 

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